THEATRICAL STARTS May 2020
A reflection on human life in all its beauty and cruelty, its splendour and banality.
We wander, dreamlike, gently guided by our Scheherazade-esque narrator. Inconsequential moments take on the same significance as historical events: a couple floats over a war-torn Cologne; on the way to a birthday party, a father stops to tie his daughter’s shoelaces in the pouring rain; teenage girls dance outside a cafe; a defeated army marches to a prisoner of war camp.
Simultaneously an ode and a lament, ABOUT ENDLESSNESS presents a kaleidoscope of all that is eternally human, an infinite story of the vulnerability of existence.
THEATRICAL STARTS OCTOBER 18, 2019
2018 - USA - 101 MINUTES
A FILM BY JOCELYN DEBOER AND DAWN LUEBBE
FEATURING JOCELYN DEBOER, DAWN LUEBBE, BECK BENNETT, NEIL CASEY, MARY HOLLAND, D’ARCY CARDEN
A deliciously twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth, couples coordinate meticulously pressed outfits, and coveted family members are swapped in more ways than one in this competition for acceptance.
THEATRICAL STARTS OCTOBER 11, 2019
2019 - POLAND - DRAMA - 2.39 - 90 MIN - IN ITALIAN, ENGLISH and POLISH WITH ENGLISH AND FRENCH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY JACEK BORCUCH
CAST: KRYSTYNA JANDA, KASIA SMUTNIAK, VINCENT RIOTTA, ANTONIO CATANIA, ROBIN RENUCCI, LORENZO DE MOOR
Maria Linde, a free-spirited, Jewish Polish Nobel Prize winner, lives in Tuscany surrounded by warmth and chaos in her family’s villa. A loving mother and grandmother, she also fosters a secret flirtation with the much younger Egyptian man who runs a nearby seaside inn. After a terrorist attack in Rome, Maria refuses to succumb to the hysterical fear and anti-immigrant sentiment that quickly emerge, deciding in her acceptance speech of a local honor to boldly decry Europe’s eroding democracy—but she is unprepared for the public and personal havoc her comments wreak.
FRANCE, BANGLADESH, DENMARK, PORTUGAL - 2019 - 95MIN - COLOR - 1.85 - 5.1
A FILM BY RUBAIYAT HOSSAIN
Shimu, 23, works in a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Faced with difficult conditions at work, she decides to start a union with her co-workers. Despite threats from the management and disapproval of her husband, Shimu is determined to go on. Together the women must fight and find a way.
THEATRICAL STARTS OCTOBER 4, 2019
2019 - 107 MINUTES - ENGLISH - USA
A FILM BY ADAM BOLT
A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.
2019 - USA - 75 MINUTES
A FILM BY SCOTT CRAWFORD
FEATURING: CAMERON CROWE, ALICE COOPER, KIRK HAMMETT, JOAN JETT, MICHAEL STIPE, GENE SIMMONS, PAUL STANLEY, CHAD SMITH, PETER WOLF, WAYNE KRAMER
Capturing the messy upheaval of the '70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, the film explores Creem Magazine's humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, "America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine" remains a seditious spirit in music and culture.
THEATRICAL STARTS SEPTEMBER 20, 2019
2018 - USA - 98 MINUTES
A FILM BY HANNAH PEARL UTT
FEATURING HANNAH PEARL UTT, JEN TULLOCK, JUDITH LIGHT, MANDY PATINKIN, MIKE COLTER, ALEC BALDWIN
Stage manager Rachel Gurner still lives in her childhood apartment—along with her off-kilter actress sister, Jackie; eccentric playwright father Mel; and deadpan preteen niece Dodge—above the tiny theatre they own and operate. Level-headed and turtleneck-wearing Rachel is the only thing standing between her family and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother is actually alive and thriving as a soap-opera star. Now the sisters’ already-precarious balance turns upside down, and Rachel must figure out how to liberate herself from this surreal imbroglio.
THEATRICAL STARTS September 6, 2019
2019 - UK/ USA - 81 MINUTES
A FILMY BY: JAMIE CATTO
FEATURING: RAM DASS, JAMIE CATTO
Becoming Nobody truly represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life. His ability to entertain and his sense of humour are abundantly evident in a conversation that brings us around to address the vast question of ultimate freedom. Becoming Nobody is the quintessential portal to Ram Dass’ life and teachings.
2019 - 88 MINUTES - FRANCE - COLOUR - ORIGINAL TITLE: UN DIVAN A TUNIS
A FILM BY MANELE LABIDI
Selma, a psychoanalyst, deals with a cast of colourful new patients after returning home to Tunisia to open a practice.
In this sophisticated comedy, Manele Labidi opens a fascinating window into modern Tunisia at a crossroads, with a story of contrasts, contradictions and culture clashes, full of vitality and humour.
2019 - 108 MINUTES
A FILM BY DAN PRITZKER
FEATURING GARY CARR, ERICK LARAY HARVEY, IAN MCSHANE
The powerful and tragic journey of Buddy Bolden, the unsung American hero who invented Jazz. With little biographical information and no found recordings of his music, the film’s narrative composes fragmented memories of his past, against the political and social context in which his revolutionary music was conceived. The birth of jazz was the birth of American popular culture influencing everything that followed in its wake - from Louis Armstrong to Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Fugees and Dr. Dre, Bolden is where it all began.
THEATRICAL STARTS NOVEMBER, 2019
123 MINUTES - CANADA - COLOUR
WHERE DOES A BODY END? is an intimate portrait of the band SWANS, from their roots as a brutal, confrontational post-punk band that emerged from the same early 1980s era NYC that gave us Sonic Youth (and, somehow, Madonna) through their ill-fated bid at mainstream success in the 90s indie-rock goldrush, through breakups and chaos (on and offstage) to their odds-defying current status as one of the most accomplished and ambitious bands in the world, one whose concerts are more like ecstatic rituals than nostalgic trips back through their most popular songs.
THEATRICAL STARTS August 4, 2019
2018 - USA - IN ENGLISH - 78 MINUTES
A FILM BY CHUCK SMITH
Underground filmmaker Barbara Rubin’s 1964 art-porn masterpiece “Christmas on Earth”, made when she was only 18 years old, shattered creative and sexist boundaries and shocked NYC's experimental film scene. Working with Jonas Mekas at the Filmmaker’s Coop, Rubin was instrumental in creating NYC's thriving underground film community and a rare female voice in a world of powerful men. A rebellious Zelig of the Sixties, she introduced Andy Warhol to the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan to the Kabbalah. But beyond shaping the spirit of the Sixties, Barbara was seeking the deeper meaning of life. After retiring to a farm with Allen Ginsberg, she shocked everyone by becoming a Hasidic Jew. How and why did one of the 1960’s freest spirits submit to a religious life? For years, 94-year-old filmmaker Jonas Mekas has saved all of Barbara’s letters and cherished her memory. Working with Mekas’ footage and rare clips from the Andy Warhol archives, the film takes us inside the world and mind of Barbara Rubin; a woman who truly believed that film could change the world and then vanished into obscurity.
THEATRICAL STARTS November 29, 2019
2019 - FRANCE - 115 MINUTES - ENGLISH - FRENCH
An unpredictable documentary from a fascinating storyteller, Agnès Varda’s new feature documentary sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a personal insight to what she calls “cine-writing”.
THEATRICAL STARTS December 15, 2019
2018 - MEXICO/ USA/ 81 MINUTES
A FILM BY LUKE LORENTZEN
With striking vérité camerawork, Midnight Family drops us directly into the frenetic nighttime emergency ecosystem of Mexico City. In the midst of high-speed ambulance rides, we meet the Ochoas, a ragtag family of private paramedics, who try desperately every day to be the first responders to critically injured patients.
THEATRICAL STARTS December 20, 2019
139 MINUTES - DCP - COLOUR - 2.39:1 - 5.1 - IN PORTUGUESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY KARIM AÌNOUZ
Rio de Janeiro, 1950. Eurídice, 18, and Guida, 20, are two inseparable sisters living at home with their conservative parents. Although immersed in a traditional life, each one nourishes a dream: Eurídice of becoming a renowned pianist, Guida of finding true love. In a dramatic turn, they are separated by their father and forced to live apart. They take control of their separate destinies, while never giving up hope of finding each other.
THEATRICAL STARTS January 17, 2020
2018 - USA - 95 MINUTES - COLOUR - 1,85: 1
A FILM BY ROB GARVER
VOICE OF PAULINE: SARAH JESSICA PARKER
Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was likely the most powerful, and person, movie critic of the 20th century. Writing for The New Yorker and publishing a dozen best-selling books, she ruthlessly pursued what made a movie or an actor’s performance work, or not, and why. Her passion made her both admired and despised amongst her readers.
THEATRICAL STARTS June 17, 2019
A FILM BY JENNIE LIVINGSTON1990 - 78 MINUTES - USA - COLOUR - 1.37:1 - DCP - BLU RAY
Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.
THEATRICAL STARTS June 7, 2019
90 MIN - USA, UK - 2018
A FILM BY ANDREW SLATER
FEATURING: JAKOB DYLAN, TOM PETTY, ERIC CLAPTON, RINGO STARR, STEPHEN STILLS, DAVID CROSBY, ROGER MCGUINN, BECK, REGINA SPEKTOR, GRAHAM NASH, CAT POWER, LOU ADLER, JOHN SEBASTIAN, JACKSON BROWNE, MICHELLE PHILLIPS, NORA JONES, JADE CASTRINOS
ECHO IN THE CANYON revisits the most influential music of the mid-60s from The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas, and how these iconic bands were all influenced by the Beatles and then went on to actually influence the Beatles. It was a moment in Laurel Canyon when being part of a great band was the most significant thing you could do as an artist, that pure moment before everyone went solo in the 70s.The canyon jammed with unparalleled creativity and collaboration inspiring these neighbors to create some of the most influential music in history.
THEATRICAL STARTS June 7, 2019
2018 - USA - 84 MINUTES
A FILM BY MADELEINE OLNEK
FEATURING: MOLLY SHANNON, AMY SEIMETZ, SUSAN ZIEGLER, BRETT GELMAN
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY is the story of the secret life of Emily Dickinson (played by Molly Shannon). The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, is that of a reclusive spinster—a delicate wallflower, too sensitive for this world. This film explores the vivacious, irreverent side of her that was covered up for many years and recently revealed— most notably Emily’s lifelong romance with another woman, Susan Dickinson, the wife of Emily’s brother. After Emily died, the mistress of Emily’s brother would publish Emily’s poems. A fierce rivalry between Emily’s beloved and her brother’s mistress in making known the work of this great poet is also the story of two sets of passionate, illicit lovers in a mysterious struggle for a place in history.
A FILM BY CARLOS REYGADAS
2018 - COLOUR - 2.5:1 - 5.1 - 173 MINUTES - IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
*AVAILABLE FOR TV/ VOD ONLY
A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. When Esther becomes infatuated with a horse-breaker, Juan seems incapable of reaching his own expectations about himself.